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'Medicare for All' — The Next Big Policy Debate

No health care policy idea has made a bigger splash or generated more buzz lately than “Medicare for All.” As 2020 presidential campaigns ramp up, several Democratic candidates have voiced support for a single-payer health care system, while critics argue such policies “would bankrupt us for a very long time.” More broadly, Republicans are eager to debate Medicare for All, seeing it as a bit of progressive policy overreach that leaves Democrats open to attack. Yet even as the political rhetoric heats up, the terms of debate are often unclear. What’s the difference between Medicare-for-all and Medicare-for-some? And how can we best inform the public about what such programs could mean for the U.S. health care system? We’ll also reflect on the larger question of whether this movement is a political blip or the beginning of a dramatic new chapter of health reform.

WHEN: March 28, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m. ET 

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Our panelists:

Joanne Kenen is executive health care editor at Politico, where she has worked since 2011. A Harvard graduate, Kenen has covered health policy and politics in Washington for more than 20 years. As a Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow in 2006-07, she wrote about end of life issues and palliative care. She has reported from Central America on an Inter American Press Association fellowship, and worked for Reuters in New York, Florida and the Caribbean and Washington. She also wrote about health policy for several years at the nonpartisan New America Foundation. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Kaiser Health News, the Washingtonian, CQ, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, Health Affairs, AARP’s The Magazine and Bulletin, National Journal, Slate and Miller-McCune.

Benedic Ippolito is a research fellow in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where his research is in public finance and health economics. His recent work has focused on the behavior of health care providers, price regulation, and health care financing. His research has been published in leading economics and health policy journals, including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and Health Affairs. Ippolito has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Emory University.

Dr. Adam Gaffney is president of Physicians for a National Health Program, and a co-chair of the Working Group on Single-Payer Program Design. He is a pulmonary specialist at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed residency training at Columbia University Medical Center. He recently completed a clinical and research fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Gaffney is a prolific writer and blogger on health policy and also frequently appears on radio and TV programs.

Webinars are free and made possible by The Commonwealth Fund and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. 


Presenters' slides:


Suggesting reading 

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“,” by Susannah Luthi, Modern Healthcare

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“,” by Alice Miranda Ollstein and Adam Cancryn, Politico

“,” by Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation, via Axios

“,” by Joanne Kenen, AHCJ

Reports & briefs 

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“,” by Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund

“,” by Charles Blahous at the Mercatus Center

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“,” by American Academy of Actuaries

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